Kayak Camping Clinic

Have you always wanted to kayak to an island or remote area and go camping, but didn't know where to start?

This clinic will cover the basics of what you should bring, how to pack your kayak and some interesting places to go. 

We are going to do something special with this outing.

Part One:  a Clinic at the store on kayak camping essentials presented by Karen & Dorothy on Friday evening, August 1 at 7:30 PM.  Bring what you have for camping gear.

Part Two:  A paddle at the Dunham Reservoir on Saturday, August 2 at 10:00 AM to practice what we learned at the clinic Friday evening.  We will be paddling to an area to set up camp... we will then teach you how to set up camp, filter water, how some stoves work and much more information that you will need for kayak camping.

Now here is the special part....the clinic and the paddle are not separate... if you sign up for the clinic you are also signing up for the paddle.  Please do not sign up just to go on the paddle.  You do not need to purchase any additional camping gear to participate.  

The list of some items you should bring to the clinic are:

backpack;  sleeping bag and pad (if you have them), clothes;  hygiene items;  map & compass;  headlamp;  food;  water;  bug repellent; sunglasses;  and any other item you think you would need to go kayak camping.  

DO NOT go out and purchase anything yet.....just bring what you have at home. 

No skills are needed to participate.  

Please be considerate of your fellow members... if you need to cancel please give as much notice as possible so someone else may attend.

Minimum age is 8 (8-15 yrs must have a participating adult with them, 16-17 yrs must have a parent/guardian sign participant agreement but do not need to attend)

please be dressed for the weather, we will go rain or shine

Dress in layers

Don't forget your kayak, and PFD, it must be a type I, II III or inflatable, (throwables (cushion type) are not acceptable). PFD's are required and must be worn while on the water, whistle, and paddle.


Directions from Albany/Troy area: take Route 2 East toward Clums Corners and Grafton or Route 7 East to Route 278 to Route 2.  At the traffic light at the intersection of Route 2 and Route 278, note your mileage. Follow Route 2 East and after 5.1 miles, turn right onto Dunham Road and continue for approx. 1 mile to the boat launch/parking area on the left.

If you have any trouble finding us, Karen's cell is[masked] and Dorothy's cell is[masked], feel free to call or text.  Cell phone coverage is spotty at the reservoir.  Look for a black Jeep Liberty and white Jeep Patriot! 

I hope you can join us for this outing.

Also, join us each Tuesday and Thursday evening to learn something new and exciting! Bring yourself, your spouse, or the whole family! All are welcome to attend, so we look forward to seeing you there!

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  • Annette H.

    What is the time for Saturday? I'm not sure if I can make Saturday.

    July 31

    • Dorothy

      Dunham Reservoir on Saturday, August 2 at 10:00 AM

      July 31

  • Annette H.

    I don't have my own kayak yet either but I planned to borrow one from a friend. What day is part two?

    July 30

    • Dorothy

      Annette, Day one is Friday night August 1 and day 2 is Saturday, August 2. If you borrow a kayak make sure you get a PFD also... it is required.

      July 31

  • A former member
    A former member

    When is your next beginner kayaking lessons? My husband is busy on Aug. 1st at work...and we cannot make that date. He is free on Saturdays. SK

    July 30

  • Rfa13

    I don't have my own kayak yet. :(

    July 30

  • Nancy M.

    Hi Karen and Dorothy! Could you tell me and us more about this event? Will this be an actual outdoor activity? Or are you both planning it to be a simple meeting -presentation? Thanks!

    July 24

    • Dorothy

      Hi Nancy,

      July 25

    • Dorothy

      This outing is in 2 parts. First is at the store and we go over camping equipment. The second day is in the field, so to speak... we will take our kayaks, pack them, paddle to a location along the shore then set up camp. We will then take down and paddle back to the cars.

      July 25

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